War Games

A Novel Based on a True Story

By Couloumbis, Audrey & Couloumbis, Akila

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ISBN
978-0-37585-628-0 978-0-37595-628-7
Publisher
Random


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 In 1941, when Germans occupy their small Greek town and the commandant comes to live in their house, 12-year-old Petros and his family hide their American connections and an escaping Greek resistance fighter as well. Based on Akila Couloumbis's wartime recollections, this novel is a grand read: an adventure full of the particulars of boys' play, and an unusual perspective on World War II lives. From the opening bird-shooting co...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Like their father and uncle before them, Petros, twelve, and Zola, fifteen, are prone to quarrel. World War II—as Italian invaders of Greece are supplanted by harder-edged Germans—only fuels the brothers' competition. While foreigners flee their mountain village, Petros's family conceals evidence that they previously lived in the United States; they speak only Greek, now, and destroy all their American possessions. Zola, defiant, enlists younger boys in distributing secret mes...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

A Nazi colonel moves into the house of Petros, twelve, and Zola, fifteen. Zola, defiant, coordinates distribution of secret messages; Petro...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

An interesting and different World War II story set in Greece and made more compelling by the fact that it is based on personal experience. Readers will come to know and ca...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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